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Rivell or Rivel

Updated September 21, 2010

About Our Family Research


I am researching the following family names:

PHILADELPHIA PA:
Rivell or Rivel

Moylan (Moylan families of Phila, Del. NJ and Cork, Ireland)

Barry/Barrymore (relatives of Commodore John Barry)

Keen (Moses, Wm., Eliza Fox, Ellen,) From both Phila and Salem NJ area.

Schoch

Smith (Charles S., Ann & Pheobe)

Grayson, (Benjamin from Liverpool England) circa 1874

Vanderver/Vandervere/Vanderveer/Vandiver

HORSHAM, MONTGOMERY COUNTY PA:
Jackson (Samuel, Hannah, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Mary & Whilamina)


NEW JERSEY: South Jersey
Getler
Keen
Fox
Kemmler

Please contact me by e-mail if you would like to share information regarding these names. I also have posted detailed information on Genforum for each surname listed above.



 
Family Photos
  • Jaumé (Judi) Rivell (242 KB)
    Jaumé (Judi) Rivell 1950. Throughout my life I have mostly been seen cradling a dog in my arms. Today, its a fiesty little Yorkshire terrier. Thankfully some things never change.
  • Catherine Kemmler (303 KB)
    My father's mother's mother. Catherine Kemmler m. unkown Getler. Owned and operated a general store on First Ave. Blackwood NJ.
  • Jasper Moylan, Esquire (114 KB)
    Jasper Moylan,Esq. My 5th Great Grandfather. He was a prominent attorney in Phila at the time of the signing of the Declaration and along with Thomas Jefferson was instrumental in setting up the supreme court as we know it today. Jasper Moylan Esq. Born 1757 Cork Ireland Died 1814, Philadelphia, Pa. Jasper Moylan was among the most prominent attorneys in 18th century America. Educated in Spain he arrived in Philadelphia late in 1781 where he joined a Philadelphia militia unit, founded the Hibernian Society for the Relief of Emigrants in 1790, served as director and co-founder of The Law Library of Philadelphia, housed in Independence Hall and was instrumental in implementing the first Library System in the state of Pennsylvania. His letters exchanged with Thomas Jefferson are often cited as being the impetus behind the founding of the United States Supreme Court. He was also one of the original founders of The Insurance Company of North America in 1792, now known as Cigna Insurance. He was a philanthropist and a dedicated bibliophile and at the time of his death had amassed what was considered the greatest private library in the New World. Jasper Moylan was twice married, first to my 5th Great Grandmother, Eleanor Barry (sister of Commodore John Barry, father of the United States Navy). Eleanor gave birth to Jasper Moylan II in 1786. She died in Philadelphia of yellow fever in 1787. In 1788, Jasper then married Isabella Hoops Mease (widow of Clothier General Dr. John Mease). Jasper Moylan was held in high estimation for his wit and social qualities. He was also Captain of the now famous Philadelphia Dance Assemblies.
  • Little Dahlia Rivell (123 KB)
    My little Dahlia, who wiggled and wagged her way into my heart in 1999 at 8 weeks old.
  • Mary Getler Rivell (138 KB)
    My father's mother. Mary Getler Rivell. Married Alfred Moylan Rivell Sr. Philadelphia PA. Mother of Alfred Moylan Rivell Jr., Madeline and Ervin.
  • General Stephen Moylan (29 KB)
    General Stephen Moylan, My 5th Great Uncle. Muster-Master General, Secretary and Aide-de-Camp to General George Washington, Quartermaster-General, Colonel of Fourth Pennsylvania Light Dragoons, Brigadier General of the War for American Independence, The First and the Last President of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Born 1737, Cork, Ireland. Died April 13, 1811, Philadelphia, Pa. Brother to Jasper Moylan
  • Veronica (Ronnie) Rivell 1995 Va Beach (60 KB)
    My sweet, adorable, lovable mom. She was married to my dad Alfred Moylan (Bud) Rivell, for 57 years.
  • Alfred Moylan (Bud) Rivell 1914-1997 (113 KB)
    My wonderfully zany, incredibly intelligent father who was loved by everyone who knew him!
  • Little Dahlia & Jaume (797 KB)
    This was our last photo together. Little Dahlia passed two weeks later on Oct. 23, 2007, due to to the Chinese putting melamine in the Science Diet Dog food. It's a horrible thing to watch your beloved dog waste away to nothing after buying her the best top of the line dog food on the market for 8 years.
  • Emma Moylan Rivel (123 KB)
    This was my father's grandmother. She lovingly raised my father at 446 Wolf Street in S. Philadelphia. She was the wife of George Washington Rivel. She died June 1948.
  • Veronica (Ronnie) Rivell holding daughter (32 KB)
    My mother Veronica (Ronnie)Rivell holding me, her third daughter, Jaumé(Judi)Rivell. Circa 1949
  • Lilly Rivell (552 KB)
    Little Lilly Rivell age 7 months is the latest Rivell arrival. She lives with her mom Jaume in Virginia Beach
  • 446 Wolf Street, South Philadelphia (77 KB)
    This is the house at 446 Wolf Street as it looks today. This is the house that was owned in the early 1900's by George Washington Rivel.
  • Alfred Moylan Rivell Sr. (110 KB)
    My father's father. Alfred Moylan Rivell Sr. He was born/raised at 446 Wolf Street Phila. Pa. He was a life long employee of the Pennsylvania RR. died 1966.
  • Bud & Ronnie Rivell (17 KB)
    My Mom & Dad in South Philly.
  • George Washington Rivel (99 KB)
    My father's, father's, father. George Washington Rivel. married Emma Moylan. Lived at 446 Wolf Street, Phia.PA. Worked at Philadelphia City Hall. NOTE: The name RIVELL was spelled with one "L" from his generation back.
  • Little Lilly Rivell (44 KB)
    Little Lilly is the newest "Rivell" to join the family. Here she is at her first birthday party 9/17/08. She is 4 pounds of kisses and love!
  • "Mystery Man" (352 KB)
    Can anyone identify the gentleman in this photo. Photo was taken at PHILLIPS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO 12th & Chestnut Sts. PHILADELPHIA PA, in 1930. Photograph was framed at the Gilbert Stuart Studios in the CHESTNUT HILL section of PHILADELPHIA. I was told by a historian that the clothing worn in photo COULD date it from 1880's to 1930's. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!
  • Alfred Bud Rivell in Quaker City String Band 193? (225 KB)
    My father, Alfred Moylan (Bud) Rivell playing guitar in The Quaker City String Band. He was a long time member as were and are many members of the Rivell/Rivel family.
  • Jasper Moylan Esq. (42 KB)
    Jasper Moylan,Esq. My 5th Great Grandfather. He was a prominent attorney in Phila at the time of the signing of the Declaration and along with Thomas Jefferson was instrumental in setting up the supreme court as we know it today. Jasper Moylan Esq. Born 1757 Cork Ireland Died 1814, Philadelphia, Pa. Jasper Moylan was among the most prominent attorneys in 18th century America. Educated in Spain he arrived in Philadelphia late in 1781 where he joined a Philadelphia militia unit, founded the Hibernian Society for the Relief of Emigrants in 1790, served as director and co-founder of The Law Library of Philadelphia, housed in Independence Hall and was instrumental in implementing the first Library System in the state of Pennsylvania. His letters exchanged with Thomas Jefferson are often cited as being the impetus behind the founding of the United States Supreme Court. He was also one of the original founders of The Insurance Company of North America in 1792, now known as Cigna Insurance. He was a philanthropist and a dedicated bibliophile and at the time of his death had amassed what was considered the greatest private library in the New World. Jasper Moylan was twice married, first to my 5th Great Grandmother, Eleanor Barry (sister of Commodore John Barry, father of the United States Navy). Eleanor gave birth to Jasper Moylan II in 1786. She died in Philadelphia of yellow fever in 1787. In 1788, Jasper then married Isabella Hoops Mease (widow of Clothier General Dr. John Mease). Jasper Moylan was held in high estimation for his wit and social qualities. He was also Captain of the now famous Philadelphia Dance Assemblies.
  • Dad's birthday party 1987 (68 KB)
    L. to R. Uncle Erv, Mother, Dad, Aunt Mat. This was their last photo ever taken together at Dad's birthday party in 1987. Compare this to the photo of them some 65 years earlier (sans Mother) on the stoop at 446 Wolf Street in the 1920's.
  • Alfred Moylan (Bud) Rivell Jr. (133 KB)
    My dad as a child sporting those big blue/gray "Rivell" eyes which all Rivells have.
  • Jasper Moylan II (16 KB)
    This was my 4th Great Grandfather Jasper Moylan. He was the son of Jasper Moylan and Eleanor Barry (sister of Commodore John Barry)
  • Ervin, Bud & Madeline on stoop 446 Wolf Street (130 KB)
    lft.to rt. Ervin Rivell, Alfred Moylan (Bud) Rivell & Madeline Rivell on stoop of 446 Wolf St. Phila. Pa. They all grew up here in the home of their grandparents George Washington Rivel and Emma Moylan Rivel. Photo circa early 1920's.
  • Commodore John Barry (97 KB)
    Commodore John Barry "The Father of the United States Navy" was the brother of my 5th Great Grandmother Eleanor Barry. Eleanor died of yellow fever in Phila in 1787.
 
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